Chris Rogers is this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week courtesy of his maiden Test century in the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Ian Bell also reached three figures to continue his fine series but was just edged out in the final reckoning by Rogers due to the Australian having to contend with England’s new ball bowlers.
Rogers became the second oldest Australian at 35 years and 344 days to record a maiden Test hundred, with only Arthur Richardson’s 1926 effort keeping him from topping the list. He did admittedly survive some early scares, including being dropped by Graeme Swann at second slip, but survived to prosper as the ball got older. His innings was all the more important, coming as it did when Australia were in danger of slipping into oblivion against Stuart Broad at 12 for two.
There was plenty of action from world of associate cricket over the past seven days to rival Rogers and Bell for the award. Afghanistan have been in action in Namibia, with Canada entertaining the UAE.
A century from Asghar Stanikzai and a hat-trick from Izatullah Dawlatzai helped the Afghans triumph in the Intercontinental Cup match, while Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi and Hamid Hassan all starred to help them to a clean-sweep in the World Cricket League Championship matches. Shahzad hit 113 and 62 at the top of the order, while Nabi helped finish things off with lightning knocks of 81 off 45 balls and 46 off 23 balls. Hassan’s important contribution came in the second match, when he took four for 32 to induce a Namibian batting collapse.
The UAE certainly had the better of their hosts, with Shaiman Anwar hitting 159 runs across the two World Cricket League Championship matches and Nasir Aziz returning combined figures of eight for 52.
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